2017 Endorsement Process
Thank you for your interest in seeking Washington Bikes’ endorsement!
The Washington Bikes endorsement speaks to thousands of engaged Washingtonians statewide who care about a range of issues. From wanting more connected trails, to safer neighborhood streets, to more opportunities for physical activity, Washingtonians are looking for leaders who will advance these priorities.
For key endorsed campaigns:
- Washington Bikes will amplify candidates’ platforms through digital communications and on-the-ground people power
- Washington Bike PAC will make financial campaign investments
Following the filing deadline on Friday, May 19, an endorsement questionnaire will be sent to candidates via email. This first round of 2017 endorsements will focus on electoral races in the target cities and towns (Bellevue, King County, Port Angeles, Sammamish, Seattle metropolitan area, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma, Redmond, and Vancouver) throughout Washington. Following the first release of endorsements, Washington Bikes will make rolling endorsements the remainder of the 2017 electoral season on a schedule to be determined. An endorsement in the Seattle mayoral race will be made after the August 1 primary election. If interested in seeking Washington Bikes’ endorsement, please leave your contact information below:
An endorsement interview will only be scheduled if Washington Bikes determines further information or clarification is needed following submission of the questionnaire.
Washington Bikes endorsement policy
All recommendations for endorsement are based on five factors:
- Positions are based on the written questionnaire or in-person interview.
- Issue Record is based on the candidate having a record of support or opposition to our interests.
- Approachability is based on whether the candidate expressed a willingness to work on safety, health and economic development issues germane to bicycling. Did the candidate demonstrate an openness and willingness to engage and are they approachable/accessible?
- Viability is an evaluation of electability, based on whether the candidate has a legitimate opponent, fundraising and organizing capacity, and endorsements.
- Experience is based on the candidate’s reputation and leadership positions within the community, years of elected service or requisite experience to succeed in public office.
Washington Bikes’ Board of Directors has sole discretion in endorsing a candidate or ballot measure. Their decision is based on multiple factors, including but not limited to:
- Impact on policy affecting bicycling interests, including transportation, health, growing local economies, recreation issues, education and land use policies
- Anticipated impact on the results of the electoral race or ballot measure
- How endorsing or not helps build organizational capacity
- Available resources
- Ramifications and consequences of making an endorsement/not making an endorsement
- Strategic considerations affecting the long-term accomplishment of Washington Bikes’ mission
For more information
For additional information or questions, please contact Alex Alston at firstname.lastname@example.org.